Today I want to share a mani I did to match one of my new favourite books, The Zigzag Effect by Lili Wilkinson. The story involves a girl who gets a holiday job helping out backstage for a magician. The red and pink zigzag stripes were just calling out to be in a manicure and the bunch of roses inspired the accent nails.
For the three main nails I started with a base of Zoya Sweet which is a really pretty pink. The stripes gave me a bit of difficulty, I sure could have done with a magic wand for this part! I'd seen this fantastic tutorial by Sarah Lou and I went out to buy some crafty scissors, and all I could find at my local fabric store was a cheap pack of scissors with changeable blades or some expensive pinking shears. I went with the cheap option and regretted it, I tried cutting so many strips of Scotch tape, masking tape, and painter's tape and just couldn't get clean lines. I did attempt using some but the red stripes bled onto the pink, so I had to wipe my nails clean and start again. For my second attempt I took a small nail art brush and Zoya Maura and freehanded the zigzag stripes but they didn't look clean so I wiped my nails clean again. For my third and final
For the accent nails I used a base of Zoya Snow White. I'd seen a few rose tutorials around but ended up going with this one by Nail Nerd. I used a thin nail art brush with Zoya Maura and Orly Ruby for the detailing. The leaves were done with Nubar Green Tea.
As they say in the magic business: ta-dah!
I was really happy with the final look, although I did forget about Zoya Maura's pesky habit of running when you add topcoat so unfortunately the roses bled onto the white, but I love the rose nails all the same and want to do a whole manicure of rose nails.
Have a lovely weekend xox